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The BALL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 77,561 366 0.029 288
United States (1880 census) 22,579 229 0.045 452
Change since 1880 +54982 -137 -0.016 -164
Other Countries
Australia 5,496 253 0.034 336
United Kingdom 34,116 136 0.074 743
Top States for BALL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Ohio 5,671 184 0.050 500
California 5,466 571 0.016 161
Texas 4,409 569 0.021 211
Florida 4,382 411 0.027 274
Michigan 3,731 224 0.038 375
Top States for BALL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
West Virginia 2,072 75 0.115 1,146
Idaho 886 134 0.068 685
Tennessee 3,231 238 0.057 568
Kentucky 2,279 231 0.056 564
Ohio 5,671 184 0.050 500


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BALL live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BALL represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BALL in Ohio than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BALL by picking someone at random in West Virginia than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BALL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BALL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BALL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BALL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 907 1.17
Native American/Alaskan 388 0.5
Asian/Pacific 334 0.43
White (Caucasian) 65,562 84.53
Black/African American 9,075 11.7
White (Hispanic) 1,288 1.66

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BALL surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BALL in historical publications

BALL. A nickname of Baldwin. A West

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BALL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BALL.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BALL

The following words are slight variants of BALL that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.